By Anca Rotar
Civilization – essentially a good thing that gives us safe shelters, as well as platforms to communicate and share ideas – also has the alienating, perverse effect of equating what people are to what they seem to be.
Too often people are equated to stereotypes related to the country or culture they come from, to the job that they do and to their social status. There have always been such people as philosophers, writers, artists, scientists – in short, people with a genuine wish to communicate – and, while they are respected in some circles, the general consensus seems to be that they are a bit loony. Just think of all the – real or fabricated – anecdotes about famous people that are supposed to highlight how weird and outside the norm those people were. Humans have the bad habit of seeing genuine attempts at communication and self-expression as suspicious.